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Colombia

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas

The team at Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas, which has announced its merger with Dentons, is praised for its ‘responsiveness and understanding of business issues’ as well as ‘its solidity, fair costs and excellent service’. Highlights included acting as local counsel to HSBC Securities and others, as the initial purchasers, on Colombia Telecomunicaciones’ $500m issue of subordinate notes under Rule 144A Reg. S; and advising Crédit Agricole Investment and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) on a $350m credit facility for Boyacá Navigation and IWL River (both affiliated companies of Trafigura Behevver). Bernardo Cárdenas and Eduardo Cárdenas are recommended.

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Bernardo Cárdenas - Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 4

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas’ team, led by Alberto Zuleta and Ximena Zuleta, acts for major international corporations in relation to investigation proceedings, and has experience in litigation involving sectors such as cement, sugar, credit cards and retail. Headline work included advising Concesión Aeropuerto de San Andrés y Providencia (CASYP) in relation to alleged price-fixing and unfair pricing practices in a precedent-setting and very complex case before the SIC. Other clients include WSP Global, Standard & Poor’s, and Microsoft.

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Alberto Zuleta - Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas

A significant presence in the market, Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas has an ‘impressive track record handling M&A, joint ventures, corporate restructuring and general corporate advice’, and ‘its very dedicated practice is led by partners heavily involved in each instruction’. Among its work highlights, it advised two international corporations on the $400m sale of shares in a well-known bank to foreign private equity funds; and assisted Chilean corporation Colbún on a possible bid for Isagen, including advising on the pre-qualification process, financing and due diligence, although the client ultimately decided not to participate in the public bidding process. Other clients include Microsoft, Alpina and Ford Motor Corporation. The department is headed by Eduardo Cárdenas, a former corporate and regional counsel at Microsoft, and ‘very experienced and recognised practitionerBernardo Cárdenas. Newly promoted partner Mauricio Borrero is also noted.

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Eduardo Cárdenas - Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas

The ‘active and experienced’ disputes team at Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas covers areas such as administrative litigation, distribution, construction and engineering disputes, and local arbitration. Andrés Fernández de Soto has more than 30 years’ experience in the area, and is considered ‘a leading litigator and arbitrator’. Alberto Zuleta and Ximena Zuleta are also important members of the practice. The firm is acting for Oleoducto del Caribe in a complex $30m dispute initiated against it in relation to the construction of an oil pipeline; and is also acting for Transgas de Occidente in a $20m arbitration over a BOMT agreement relating to a pipeline in the western region of Colombia. The firm has recently announced its merger with international player Dentons.

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Andrés Fernández de Soto - Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 2

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas is an active player in the energy and natural resources arena, especially in the areas of mining and oil and gas, and is recommended for regulatory and financing advice. Bernardo Cárdenas leads the seven-strong practice, with James Valdiri and associate Inés Elvira Vesga also noted. Headline work included acting for Rio Tinto on the acquisition by Minera Cobre de Colombia of nine mining titles (granting exploration and exploitation rights) in several municipalities of Colombia, with an aggregate value of $24m. The team is also advising an investment corporation specialising in investments in energy, infrastructure and natural resources on the acquisition of assets in the upstream oil-and-gas sector, covering due diligence and the drafting and negotiation of contracts. Emerald Energy, Pluspetrol Colombia and Xstrata are among its other clients.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas has a longstanding presence in the IP market, and is noted for its ‘high-quality and appropriate’ advice. The team acts for local and international companies, and has expertise in the food, healthcare, consumer products, IT, aviation and clothing sectors. It also manages the worldwide IP portfolio of Colombina, and advises a major air services corporation on the organisation, systematisation and control of its IP portfolio. Other clients include SAB Miller, Microsoft, Newell Rubbermaid and Manufacturas Eliot. The team is led by the ‘knowledgeableLuz Helena Adarve, and Juanita Acosta is ‘superb’.

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Luz Helena Adarve - Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas

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International trade and customs
International trade and customs - ranked: tier 5

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas advises national and international corporations on free trade agreements, investment agreements, customs procedures, and the constitution and operation of free trade zones. Previous clients have included Ford Motors, Kellogg’s, and vehicle importation association ANDEMOS.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 3

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas has a small but ‘very capable’ four-strong group led by Lorena Arámbula. It acts for local and international clients across the full array of labour and employment law matters, and has been busy assisting various investment corporations with M&A-related due diligence. Microsoft, Accenture and Atlas Copco are among its clients.

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Projects
Projects - ranked: tier 2

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas has a longstanding presence in the market, acting for local and international clients in rail, construction and engineering, telecoms, airport, and oil-and-gas projects; it covers bidding processes, public contracts, financing and regulatory matters as well as handling related litigation and arbitration instructions. ‘Respected practitionerBernardo Cárdenas led advice to Chile’s Colbún on its $2bn bid for state energy company Isagen, covering pre-qualifying assistance, due diligence and the design of an investment structure for the project. It also provided advice to an international media corporation on investigations initiated by the Ministry of Technology and Communications (MinTic) in connection with various major telecoms projects; and acted for a major Latin American construction company on the pre-qualifying stages of its bid for a $140m PPP project launched by a Colombian state body. Andrés Fernández de Soto leads the practice, with Ximena Zuleta also a key figure and senior associate Inés Elvira Vesga recommended. Since publication, Andrés Fernández de Soto has left to establish his own firm, Fernández de Soto & Asociados

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Andrés Fernández de Soto - Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas’ compact but ‘experienced and resourceful’ tax group covers planning, structuring, due diligence, day-to-day advisory matters and litigation, with Ernesto López a newly promoted partner on the contentious side. The team advised Plus Petrol in relation to the acquisition of oil-and-gas corporation APCO, and their merger in Colombia; and is acting for America Flor Group in $4m VAT proceedings, and also in an administrative claim before the Colombian tax authorities. The practice is led by Camilo Cortés, with Carmen Sanabria also noted.

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Camilo Cortés - Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas

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